Being a mom, (or, because this story takes place in England, a “mum”), is a lifetime job, and that’s something 98-year-old Ada Keating knows all too well.
Ada’s son Tom, who is 80, moved into the Moss Care Home in Liverpool last year. And recently, Ada decided to move into the home with him so she can help care for him, too.
Being a caregiver comes naturally to Ada, a former auxiliary nurse, but the move is also a reunion for Ada and Tom. The two are very close. Tom has never married, and he and Ada had lived together for most of Tom’s life.
Both of them told the Liverpool Echo that living together suits them well.
“I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him,” Ada said. “When I go out to the hairdressers he’ll look for me to see when I’m coming back. When I get back he’ll come to me with his arms outstretched and give me a big hug. You never stop being a mum.”
Tom can verify the last part. Even though he might be in his eighth decade, his mother still keeps an eye on him. “She’s very good at looking after me. Sometimes she’ll say ‘Behave yourself!’”
Ada and her late husband Harry had four children total, and the rest of the family is happy to see Ada and Tom so happy. “There’s no parting them!” Ada’s granddaughter Debi Higham said. “It’s reassuring for us that they’re both getting looked after 24/7.”
And, not surprisingly, the rest of the care home has taken notice. “It’s very touching to see the close relationship both Tom and Ada share and we are so pleased we were able to accommodate both of their needs,” said Philip Daniels, the care home’s manager.
“It’s very rare to see mothers and their children together in the same care home and we certainly want to make their time together as special as possible. They are inseparable.”
If you still haven’t gotten enough of Tom and Ada’s adorableness, you can check them out in the interview below.
h/t: Liverpool Echo